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summation of parenchymal tissue
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summation of parenchymal tissue

Just got a mammogram and this is what it said dense parenchymal tissue.  pattern appeares stable.  This likely reflects summation of parenchymal tissue.  No suspicious microcalcifications are seen.  What does this mean?  

Thank you Tricia
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Dear Tricia:  This report describes dense breast tissue.  Dense breast tissue is common in young women.  Dense breast tissue can make interpretation difficult.  Therefore, comparing to previous films is important.  Microcalcifications are normally present in breast tissue.  Microcalcifications are not concerning unless they form in a cluster.  If this were the case, additional evaluation would be recommended.  Your mammogram is negative based on this report.
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